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  • Pic. 2: Dating to around 168 BCE, the Daoyin tu was discovered in the burial materials of Mawangdui 馬王堆 (near Changsha; Hunan) 1

    Noble Tombs at Mawangdui Resources

    Cosmic Journeys and The Search For Immortality (Grades 9-12) The character Xian, translated as “Immortal” or “Transcendent.” Is there life after death? Can one’s lifespan […]

  • Polo Game - A mural of Tang Dynasty 2

    A Tang Newspaper

    With the participation of teachers from all over the U.S., the Teach China program develops multi-disciplinary curriculum units aligned with national standards. In July 2001, […]

  • Eillen Chang and 1940s Shanghai, China. 1

    Microcosm of 1940s Shanghai

    In this lesson, students will learn about 1940s Shanghai by reading and analyzing Eileen Chang’s short story “Sealed Off”. They will discuss change and continuity […]

  • Hao Junchen ‘Hugging a portrait of his deceased wife, an elderly man fulfils their dream of visiting Beiijing’ 2003 2

    Humanism in China Resources

    Hugging a Portrait of Wife For Fall 2009, China Institute Gallery has selected one hundred works from the groundbreaking collection of documentary photography at the […]

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    Understanding Filial Piety

    This lesson will explore the Chinese value of xiao, or filial piety, through a discussion of selections from the Analects and Mencius and an activity […]

  • Zhu Zhanji (Emperor Xuanzong, 1399–1435) Ten-Thousand-Year-Old Pine Tree(detail), 1431; Handscroll; ink on paper 33 x 453 cm 2

    The Last Emperor’s Collection Resources

    Painting and Calligraphy from the Liaoning Provincial Museum Introduction The Last Emperor’s Collection features more than twenty-four works of painting and calligraphy from the Ming […]

  • Monkey King’s Tour of Inspection Qing dynasty, 125 x 67 cm 1

    Enchanted Stories: Chinese Shadow Theater in Shanxi

    Treasures from the Shanxi Provincial Art Gallery Introduction The magic of the movies had a predecessor in the pre-modern world. For centuries, shadow theater — […]

  • Naxi Dongba Script - the one and only living pictographic script in the world 3

    Naxi Dongba Script and Pictographs

    During this lesson, students will learn about the Naxi–one of China’s fifty-five ethnic minorities–as well as the Dongba religion. Students will experience Naxi culture through […]

  • Quote of Confucius about learning 1

    Confucius (孔夫子)

    子曰﹕學而時習之,不亦說乎? Zǐ yuē, “xué ér shí xí zhī, bù yì yuè hū?” The Master said, ‘Is it not a pleasure, having learned something, to try […]

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    Along the Yangzi River: Regional Culture of the Bronze Age from Hunan

    China’s Bronze Age Cultures — an Introduction With every archaeological discovery of bronze age artifacts throughout China’s vast territory, we gain a more complete and […]